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Google and YouTube have announced a $13.2 million grant to the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) to help fund organizations fighting fake news in 80 languages across 65 countries.
Microsoft might not label fake news as "false". The company seems concerned that the topic is heavily politicized, and hence might go after creators and distributors of disinformation campaigns.
U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has laid out plans for a legislative reform in areas concerning big tech firms. The focus is on transparency of algorithms, privacy, and youth safety.
The UK is making changes to the Online Safety Bill which will means online platforms have to fight state-sponsored disinformation. Failure to comply will result in fines and blocks.
DuckDuckGo's CEO has announced that the search engine will now down-rank websites linked to Russian disinformation. The move comes two weeks after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine.
Microsoft has announced a series of steps that it is taking to aid Ukrainian authorities and civilians. It has also detailed how it is dismantling Russian state-sponsored propaganda on its platforms.
YouTube has de-monetised several Russian YouTube channels, including RT, over their coverage of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It's also limiting its recommendations to these channels' videos.
Numerous entities from the technology and media sector such as BBC, Intel, Microsoft, and Arm have joined forces to form the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA).
Facebook will now allow ads that promote COVID-19 vaccines as a way to stop the spread of the virus. However, it will ban exploitative ads and those that claim it to be a cure for the virus.
The UK government is looking to introduce new laws that will apply to social media platforms. The laws will seek to crackdown on terrorist and child sexual abuse material as well as misinformation.
Mark Zuckerberg announced that WhatsApp is now delivering around 100 billion messages a day. Userbase has grown considerably to two billion users now, compared to 500 million back in 2014.
Facebook has announced that 2.2 million ads have been rejected after it was found they sought to obstruct voting. Facebook is under a lot of pressure to keep fake news off of its platform.
As per the August 2020 CAI whitepaper, Adobe plans to demo its system of cryptographically tagging and maintaining a record of a photo's history later this year to curtail the spread of fake images.
The drop comes in as a result of the firm's action earlier this month when it restricted sending forwarded messages to only one person or a group at once. This also contributes to tackling fake news.
To help curb the spread of disinformation and misreporting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, WhatsApp will be limiting the forwarding of messages with "double arrows" to only one chat at a time.
In the final report on disinformation and fake news, the DCMS called out Facebook and other media firms on their illegitimate usage and insufficient protection of data, as well as on disinformation.
Google has announced measures to help bolster next year's European Union elections. The new measures will help voters get to the polling station, protect campaigns, and reveal ads data.
Twitter's efforts to remove fake accounts and botnets spreading misinformation across its platform have more than doubled since late last year following pressure from U.S. lawmakers.
Facebook is due to make a few changes to the news feed which aims to make more reliable news content more prominent. The company has decided on quite a fair way to decide what sources are legitimate.